The Birth of Something New

People are not perfect and probably the only perfection we should strive for should be a healthy balance anyway. But achieving balance often requires having a certain level of stability; a privilege most teams in our modern age do not have. Most teams cannot find healthy balances because hardly anyone gets to do the same [...]

Change Systems Are Less Effective Because They Don't Follow Brain Rules

Research shows that very high percentages of change efforts fail. 70% of mergers and acquisitions lose shareholder value (KPMG Global Survey, A New Dawn: Good Deals in Challenging Times, May 2011). 68% of IT projects fail (Standish Group report, CHAOS Summary, April 2009). Most training fades away within 6 weeks ( John T. Wixted [...]

Are You Picking the Right Champions to Spearhead Your Change Effort?

One of the best strategies to get a change effort to catch on in organizations is to prove the applicability and success of the change in one team. Done well, the results are measured to then serve as a wonderful promotional tool for other teams.

In our experience, there is something you need to watch for [...]

The HR Challenge: Guiding Teams to Make Required Changes When Most People Don't Want to Change

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Reut Schwartz-Hebron, The Colorado HR Association, January 20th 2012

2012 Human Resources Conference…Smart HR

There are three types of people in your organization:

Those who are both willing and capable of making the adjustments needed in order to achieve [...]

Resilience: The Ultimate Toolkit for Your Team's New Year's Projections

Olafur Grimsson, the president of Iceland recently spoke about Iceland’s growth coming out of the crisis of 2008: a complete collapse of Iceland’s banking system, and the economic crisis that followed. What most people don’t know is that this crisis was followed by a dramatic volcanic eruption. In Grimsson’s words: “If you were given the [...]

Starting Change in the Middle

As a change agent you know the difficulty of Top-Down change. Senior executives, like the rest of us, see things from their own perspective. They  may define desired results and how to go about getting desired results very differently than you do, which typically blocks you from making needed progress.

Bottom-UP efforts are equally challenging. Even [...]

The Great Importance of the Perception of Change

Achieving desired outcomes depends on the ability of teams to make needed adjustments to the way the team learns, plans, interacts and executes. If your team is trying to increase sales, for example, people will need to make minor or bigger adjustments to one of the above. If your goal is to increase innovation, people [...]

Synthesis vs. Analysis, and Other Prerequisite Strategies

The way Steven saw it, innovation was a cultural foundation for his organization, not just a creative effort that was related to a specific project or problem. “Our goals for the process we are building in the organization are to minimize the rejection of new ideas and increase focus on applicability…” (Executive VP of regional [...]

Brain Science and Changing People

Most people assume that executives can go to a presentation or be exposed to models, and if they understand those models, the logic and reasoning, they will be able to apply the needed changes.

Brain science says otherwise.

In the last ten years neuroscientists discovered that there are two very different systems in the brain: one for [...]

Politics and Conflicting Interests Preventing Change

When teams do not make needed adjustments, your organization is stuck, blocked from optimizing productivity or accessing its full potential.

Mark, the Director of HR and Operations for a large transportation company, couldn’t believe he drove two hours to attend the strategic change meeting. It seemed like a total waste of time. When the strategic consulting [...]